There are many so called survival experts sharing their opinion on what is best for survival, though, many of these claims tend to be false, and dangerous! Today, I am going to debunk 5 common survival myths that are the difference between life and death.
Myth #1: Finding Food is the Number One Priority
Truth: You can survive without food for a number of weeks, so instead, focus on finding water, as it’s only a matter of days until you die without water. The human body is in constant need of water, so this is your number one priority in a survival situation. The water you choose to drink should be filtered and purified, which is a pretty simple process.
Myth #2: A Shelter is Just a Roof Over Your Head
Truth: A shelter just doesn’t mean covering your body, or a roof over your head, a shelter is made up of many things, including something to rest on. Use dry vegetation to create a mat to sleep on, as this will prevent the heat leaving your body and going into the cold ground during the night.
Myth #3: Conserve Water for Later
Truth: Many people who have been found dead in a survival situation still have water left in their bottles, yet they died of dehydration. Why? They didn’t drink enough of the water they had. When you are thirsty, drink. Ration yourself water depending on the environment, if you are in a very warm climate, and sweating a lot, you will need to drink more than if you are in a cold climate and not sweating.
Myth #4: Drink Urine in a Survival Situation
Truth: If it is very hot, and you are overheating, drinking urine could cause your bodies cooling system to malfunction. Urine also contains salts, which will cause dehydration, so all in all, drinking urine is not good.
Myth 5: You Should Suck the Venom Out of a Snake Bite
Truth: You have maybe seen this in the movies, or heard it from a so called survival expert, but true is, it doesn’t work. By the time you get to sucking the bite, the venom will already be in your blood stream, and making it’s way around your body. The best thing to do in a situation like that is to keep calm, and try not to elevate your heart rate. Also, remember, seek medical attention ASAP!